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Thought Leadership Events

The Institute facilitates thought leadership hosts events throughout the year, bringing together urban park professionals to share strategies, experiences, and expertise in an effort to improve park care. Through a variety of workshops, speaking engagements, and the biannual Urban Park Roundtable, formats and topics, participants examine both challenges, successes, and insightful practices in urban park management. Held each spring and fall in cities throughout the country, the Roundtable convenes park professionals, leaders, and administrators from around the country to collectively develop "next practices," with the goal of strengthening the field of urban park management. Each Roundtable is focused on a specific topic in related to urban park management. Participants spend two days immersed in a "community of practice," through facilitated discussions, peer networking, panels, and park tours. "What the Institute brings is years of its own experience and the ability to create a clearinghouse for other people and park organizations around the country who are struggling with the same challenges." Heath Riddles, Pease Park Conservancy (Austin, TX)

View all events and register below, or contact institute@centralparknyc.org for more information.

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Urban Park Roundtable – Fall 2019

Location: Detroit, Michigan

Date: November 6 – 8, 2019

Corporate Philanthropy for Urban Parks

There is no fee to attend the Urban Park Roundtable. Registration is required. Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodations. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Capacity is limited to 40 participants (maximum of 2 representatives per organization).

For More Information

Please contact: Chris Cousino, National Program Manager, Institute for Urban Parks at: ccousino@centralparknyc.org. Browse our Resource Archive to access past presentations, webinar recordings, and additional reference materials.